Back to New York A photography project by Pierre Belhassen

The profound relationship existing between New York City and Street Photography is one of such complexity and uniqueness that it almost sets it aside from the general Street Photography history.

“At one point in their lives, most street photographers feel compelled to record the city’s exhilarating pulse and some of the most iconic images are born in those streets.”

Here, the city’s powerful and vigorous beat relentlessly galvanize the photographer’s eye. Here, I became photographer 10 years ago. “Wake Up in New York” was a personal and creative awakening. From than moment, from this city, I knew that I was to live with photography. Today nothing’s changed and the city still has me under its spell. I continue to stroll down the streets dazzled by the high glass towers, swept off by the sound of its inhabitants permanent march.

During my travels I have tried to connect real and unreal. Where the ordinary meets the dream in an open dialogue between the city and its visitor. Years after years the gathered images slowly assemble, drawing a fragile portrait of a forever changing city and the unique relationship existing between us – Until next time.” – Pierre Belhassen

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Monthly Photo Contest

Color film portrait photograph of a young woman by Michelle Marshall
© Michelle Marshall

2021 Portrait AWARD Deadline: 31 May 2021

"In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Portrait photography has one of the oldest and most interesting histories that harkens back to the early days of the medium. Through portraits of iconic figures or ordinary people, we discover a deep interest in others.

Recent works or gems from your archives, classic or experimental, and through any kind of storytelling: we want to discover the most powerful and captivating images of today’s portrait photography. We are open to all interpretations and want to see faces that gaze right into the soul!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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